Quality Representation for People Injured by Invokana in Denver
Since approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2013, the drug Invokana has earned billions of dollars for its manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson. Invokana was the first sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor approved for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes and works to reduce reabsorption of glucose into the blood through the kidneys, which lowers overall blood glucose levels. This new form of diabetes treatment has been widely prescribed since its introduction to the market only three years ago.
Unfortunately, many users of Invokana have experienced severe health issues that have been connected to the medication. If you have developed a serious medical conditions after taking Invokana, you may be entitled to significant compensation and you should discuss your rights with an experienced dangerous drug attorney as soon as possible.
Dangerous Effects of Invokana
Patients taking Invokana have reported a wide variety of dangerous and potentially life-threatening side effects including the following:
- Heart attacks and other cardiovascular issues;
- Damage to the kidneys or complete renal failure;
- Lowered bone density;
- Higher risk of bone fractures;
- Lowered blood pressure;
- Increased cholesterol;
- Urinary tract infections;
- Kidney stones;
- Severe dehydration; and
The FDA has specifically warned of the risks of ketoacidosis in Invokana users, which is often referred to as DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis). If not properly treated, the condition can result in a diabetic coma and could even be fatal. For these reasons, the FDA suggests that any Invokana users be on watch for any of the following signs or symptoms of ketoacidosis:
- Unexplained fatigue;
- Severe pain in the abdomen;
- Nausea or vomiting;
- Disorientation or confusion;
- Respiratory difficulties;
- Stiffness of the muscles;
- Frequent thirst or urination.
If you are taking Invokana and experience any of the above symptoms, you should immediately undergo a medical evaluation. Your physician can perform glucose and potassium tests, in addition to others, that can help to diagnose this serious condition.
Diabetic ketoacidosis should be treated as an emergency medical situation. Treatment can include insulin, electrolyte, and other fluid therapy and can require hospitalization until a patient is stable. If the condition is not diagnosed in a timely manner, it can result in a diabetic coma, which can require extensive time in the intensive care unit (ICU). Overall, ketoacidosis, kidney failure, heart attacks, and other severe medical conditions caused by Invokana can result is overwhelming medical costs and long-term health effects.
Many patients have already filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of Invokana and similar drugs based on negligence in selling a defective drug, failing to properly warn of all of the risks of the drugs, as well as other legal claims.
An Experienced Denver Invokana Lawyer Can Help
If you have suffered any type of serious medical conditions that you believe was caused by Invokana or another SGLT2 inhibitor, you should not delay in contacting an experienced Denver Invokana lawsuit attorney. At Zaner Harden Law, we believe that every victim of Invokana injuries deserves full compensation for their financial losses and pain and suffering experienced due to these dangerous side effects. We will protect your rights, so please contact us for a free Invokana lawsuit consultation today.